Although performing on stage is a valuable experience for dance students, we don’t believe in spending training time preparing for recitals or performances. Instead, we offer additional “Performance Classes” to prepare for two optional performances each year. This is an opportunity geared for students as they are not simply doing minor roles behind professional dancers, but get a great sense of accomplishment and progress as they work their way up from tiny Soldiers to the Waltz of the Flowers or Arabian Princess.
In addition to the demonstration of classroom exercises performed by all ballet classes as part of our Spring Showcase, all students in Elementary Ballet and above will have the opportunity to audition to be in The Nutcracker and may choose to be in an additional and longer piece in our Spring Showcase in May by enrolling in the Performance Class appropriate to their class level. These classes will meet for one hour per week during which time The Nutcracker (in the fall) and other ballets (in the spring) will be choreographed or staged for the students to perform.
The Performance Classes at the beginning of the school year will serve as Nutcracker auditions. After parts are assigned, your weekly rehearsal time may not be the same as the Spring Showcase rehearsal times in the schedule.
The Nutcracker will be performed on December 15 and 16, 2017 at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. Extra rehearsals are scheduled for October 28, November 4, and December 2, 9, 12, 13, and 14.
The Spring Showcase will be on Saturday, May, 19, 2018 at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. The Spring Performance rehearsal will be on May 15, 2018 at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University.
Ballet classes will be assigned to the Performance Classes starting in January as follows (Nutcracker class times may vary):
Elementary Ballet -> Performance Elementary
Ballet Level 1 -> Performance Levels 1 & 2
Ballet Level 2 -> Performance Levels 1 & 2
Ballet Level 3 -> Performance Level 3
Ballet Level 4 -> Performance Level 4 & 5
Ballet Level 5 -> Performance Level 4 & 5
Ballet Level 6 -> Performance Level 6 A and/or B and/or C